Only in the D.R. can you randomly pass a dead hedgehog in the road while jogging--not because they're native to the country, they're not, but because you just never know . . . anything is possible here. I passed one while jogging and could not believe it--and yet was not surprised at all. I'm putting a picture of it at the very end of the post because my husband and good friend assure me that it's in bad taste to paste a picture of a dead animal, even if it's cute, and so you can skip the picture if youwant.
On my hedgehog-spotting jog I brought hot pepper spray with me for the first time. It really isn't the safest place to jog, mostly because there are dogs in the street a lot of the time, and since the loss of my jogging partner (Grenade) I have felt nervous. People have told me that you're fine as long as you're not afraid of the dogs--they can tell if you're afraid. They say that about horses, too. Here's the problem. I am afraid. It probably doesn't help that we used to have a nasty pit bull next door in Philly that snarled at me when I picked veggies from my garden. Either way, I am, and they know.
I realized I was at least as likely to spray myself with the pepper spray as I was to get bitten by a dog, especially because I have trouble picturing myself calmly aiming and spraying while getting rushed by a dog. I decided I needed to at least test the spray once and see how it worked. It was breezy, I thought I could risk it if I pointed downwind. But I could not get the "liquid fire" to spray no matter what I did and ended up going home for a stick.
So it's a good thing I didn't encounter a rabid dog, because really, what the world will I do with my stick?